Vestal fires and virgin lands: a reburn
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): S. J. Pyne
Coordinator(s): J. K. Brown; R. W. Mutch; C. W. Weatherspoon; R. H. Wakimoto
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire case histories
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • histories
  • land management
  • natural areas management
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47919
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23944
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-320
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What we call wilderness fire is the merger, collision, mixture, alliance, confrontation, and altogether curious and perplexing association of two very different traditions. One is nature preservation, particularly as expressed in wilderness; the other anthropogenic fire. Each is itself a hybird of the natural and the cultural. Each belongs to a tradition with its own autonomous history. For a period of time, however, these two phenomena converged, like continents colliding, and those cultural tectonics had powerful consequences for both wilderness and fire management. Now they are rifting apart.

Pyne, S. J. 1995. Vestal fires and virgin lands: a reburn, in Brown, J. K., Mutch, R. W., Spoon, C. W., and Wakimoto, R. H., Proceedings: symposium on fire in wilderness and park management. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Internountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. p. 15-21,General Technical Report INT-GTR-320.